KEWASNET Launches Modern Hand-washing Stations at Busia and Malaba Border Points

On April 22nd, 2021, KEWASNET, through funding from WaterAid Organization, launched Modern handwashing facilities at Busia and Malaba border points, Busia County. With the outbreak of Covid-19, it becomes more and more clear that washing hands with soap and clean running water is the first defense against contracting infectious diseases which include Covid-19. Thus, organizations and institutions in the water and health sectors should come together and ensure that everyone, especially the vulnerable, can access and comfortably use hand-washing stations, soap, and water. We are not safe until the most vulnerable of us is safe from Covid-19. Crowding and lack of adherence to social distance have made Malaba and Busia border-points hot-spots for the contraction and spread of Covid-19. Given that they receive hundreds of people per day, border-points pose a great risk to the health of the people using them and challenge efforts to fight the spread of Covdi-19. People using the borders points need to be protected from contracting Covid-19 by ensuring that there are enough WASH facilities fully equipped with hand-washing stations, waste-collection bins, water, soap, sanitizers e.t.c. Thus, the modern handwashing stations constructed by KEWASNET with support from the Water Aid organization are not only critical but also vital for long-term health and safety of Kenyans. The main goal of this activity is to improve WASH services at the Busia and Malaba border points through installing modern hand-washing stations and creating awareness on Covid-19 control through visual aids that are inbuilt on the hand-washing section. The launch was attended by Busia County Executive Committee Member (CECM) water Dr. Isaac Alukwe, Chief officer, Ms. Hellen Mukanda, KEWASNET Head of Programmes Vincent Ouma, KEWASNET, Programmes Support Specialist, Susan Masila, Water Aid representative, Boniface Kiome, County Public Health Officer, Mr. Joseph Oprong, Busia OSBP manager Mr. Daniel Wambua, Malaba OSBP Mr. Kimani Kang’ethe, County WASH coordinator, Doreen Ngoge, members from Ecogreen, and representatives from Port Health from the respective points of entry.
Launch of the handwashing stations at the Busia Border Point
KEWASNET is contributing to the national efforts of fighting Covid-19 through implementing the Covid-19 response. As Kenya continues to report new cases of the disease, KEWASNET remains committed to scaling up efforts to promote hygiene in areas where people need them.
Travellers and business-people on transit using the handwashing facility
Scroll to Top